As promised, here is the update about the chiropractor.
Monday I had to do a nerve scan (it's far less invasive than it sounds) on my back to see the progress that I've made throughout these last two months of treatments. He used some weird looking instruments and rolled them like a paint roller up my spine. The point of the scan is to track and see how much nerve function is being blocked from tension in the spine.
Paul had this done when he went in for his initial consultation. It will be a long while before he'll be able to go in for treatments. His scan was pretty average. He had some areas along his spine that were more strained than others, but it was pretty manageable. You can see from the picture. White is normal, blue is slightly strained, greens a bit worse and red is pretty bad. Black is hypertension. You can see that Paul has some pretty bad tense spots along his spine, but in the right scan you can see that his nerve function is pretty normal. The bottom scan shows where there's asymmetry in your spine.
The good news is that at least my spine is willing to adjust to go into the right places, it's just that my muscles have to be worked out to support my spine in the right position now. Thus all the tension. Dr. Nguyen recommended that I try having a few massages the the massage therapist that works in his office. He can give them recommendations for what I need to have worked on so that it will work with my treatments hand-in-hand. I love that I have an excuse to have regular massages!
What amazes me is how much something I had no idea was even a problem affects so much of my life. Here I've been trying one thing after another to get healthy and it never seems to work properly. I've always struggled with athletic related issues, I've always had to starve myself to see any results from my diet. It doesn't matter what things I've done to boost my metabolism, and it's not because I'm lazy or I'm doing it wrong. The reason my efforts have been so fruitless is because my body isn't lined up to respond properly. I never wanted to blame it on anything beyond my control. You hear people make excuses all the time and I don't want to stay unhealthy because of my excuses. But now that I know what I'm up against, I'm so relieved that I'm not fighting a losing battle anymore. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!